This Waterfall Dresser and Chalk Paint Tutorial is a fun one, y'all!
I'm affectionately calling this...my Goodwill score of a lifetime.
This waterfall dresser has a fun layered wax technique on top of its bright yellow chalk paint. It makes it kind of aged...but not overly aged as most of my chalk paint projects seem to be (I just love old stuff, y'all). Check out the entire tutorial below.
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So, here's why it was the Goodwill find of a lifetime. This thing was $25.
Twenty five dollars, y'all. I mean, this is a classic art-deco piece. I was elated. Elated.
Granted...it was also in very rough shape. And it was veneer. I hate veneer.
I don't hate the look of veneer. But I loathe working with it in this capacity.
Chalk paint to the rescue. It covers a multitude of sins.
Here's the second reason it was the find of a lifetime: we went into Goodwill for a dresser. How often does it all work out just right like that? This is my son and me in the GW parking lot after we loaded this beast into my car. A) we were just thrilled it fit, and B) we had just scored a $25 waterfall dresser! This piece was for his room, so he thought it was pretty nifty that it all worked out, too.
I'm really happy with the finish on it. I would have never chosen yellow, but its new recipient really wanted yellow. I think it turned out great. I did want to soften the yellow, so I used the two-step wax method I outlined below for you.
I'm going to skip the actual painting part since it's very basic.
Here's the gist of it, though: I filled in any scrapes and scratches with wood filler. I sanded the filling down to create a nice, level surface. I painted the entire piece with two coats of Annie Sloan's English Yellow Chalk Paint. Bada Bing. Bada Boom.
I used my sander to rough up the edges only.
It's hard for me to just sand edges, y'all.
I wanted to rough up even more, but I restrained myself.
My son didn't want it to look too old.
And here's our fun wax technique! For this finish, you'll need both natural and dark waxes. I do prefer Annie Sloan and Minwax for these. After sanding, be sure to wipe your piece down with tack cloth.
Start by using a quarter-sized amount of natural wax. Use a t-shirt-like cloth to apply the wax to the piece in small areas in a circular motion, (I work in about six-inch sections). The natural wax just slightly deepens the color.
After you've applied the natural wax, use a wax brush for the dark wax. Grab a wax brush here on Amazon. I just "dob" my brush in my can of wax and only pick up a tiny bit of it. Then I apply it to my piece (again in six-inch sections). This is just the start of application. I go over it with the brush about a dozen times until all of the wax is worked into the piece. I concentrate the wax heavier on edges and very lightly in the middle areas.
It's a very simple process, but it's a nice one. The wax also acts as a protective coating.
We finished it off with new hardware.
I had wanted to salvage some of the original, but it didn't look great with the yellow.
After it's all said and done...I spent a lot more on the paint than the piece!
Really happy with how this came out.
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